LBDA Volunteer Corner - November 2013
Continuing Education — The More You Know…
While most volunteer are not LBD experts, it is always best to keep up with current news and resources. Continuing education can be formal or informal. Attending a class, participating in web-based training or reading an article are just a few ways to participate in continuing education activities. You can learn about the latest coping techniques, brush up on research or read LBD stories. Actively seeking to increase knowledge and improve your skills will boost confidence of newly trained volunteers or can serve as a refresher for others.
Celia Anderson, a telephone support volunteer, had this to say about her experience with continuing education: "Thanks to LBDA for offering local, accessible opportunities to learn more about LBD and potential solutions to its caregiving challenges. As a fairly new "Lewy Buddy," I benefited from attending an event where Teepa Snow, OTR/L and Dr. Chad Hales were presenting. Ranging from the cerebral to the dramatic, the two presenters entertained and engaged the audience as we sought to better understand and respond to this challenging disease known as Lewy Body Dementia. The pragmatic suggestions offered by Ms. Snow for resolving real-life caregiving difficulties were particularly well-received."
Visit our web site, www.lbda.org for educational opportunities and resources. Seek knowledge wherever and whenever you can; it will not only benefit you, but to those you serve.
Material Request Reminder
When requesting materials from LBDA, please remember and advise those you are supporting that there is a 10-day turnaround from the time your request is received until the materials are mailed to you. Be sure to take this into consideration if you are planning or participating in an event.
Healtheo360 Support Group
If you are already a member of Lewy Body Dementia Association support group on Healtheo360.com, please remember to check back regularly. Your fellow support group members have questions you may be able to answer! Not a member? Sign up today!
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Not An Expert? No Problem!
Are you a caring, compassionate person with a desire to help others? LBDA is currently seeking volunteers to serve as “Lewymailers.” These volunteers help answer emails sent by LBD families who are seeking support. This volunteer role requires a little training, a little time, but is a BIG benefit to the LBD community! To learn more, contact Toy Rooks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November National Health Observances
National Family Caregiver's Month – NFCM recognizes the family members, friends and neighbors who dedicate countless hours providing care to their relatives and loved ones and offers and opportunity to advocate for better public policies to aid family caregivers. Learn more.
Alzheimer's Awareness Month – Help raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease. Find out more at the Alzheimer's Association web site.
Get Screened! November 19 is National Memory Screening Day – “At this time, there are types of memory problems that can be cured and other types that can be treated. They key is to recognize the problem, get screened and act on the results.” -J. Wesson Ashford, MD, PhD Chair, AFA Memory Screening Advisory Board. Get more information.
National and Hospice Palliative Care Month – Hospice and palliative care combine the highest level of quality medical care with the emotional and spiritual support for patients and family caregivers. Hospice and palliative care can make a profound difference in patients' lives. Learn more.
November 4-10 is Thank a Caregiver Week – Recognize, honor and provide some respite to those dedicated family caregivers in your life. Get more information.